* I told subscribers about this yesterday. Politico’s take…
There’s real talk now that the 2022 primary could be delayed.
Without detailed census data, Democratic leaders recognize they could face added legal challenges in drawing congressional maps. There’s already the likelihood of court fights as the legislative maps are being drawn with census estimates, instead of hard numbers still months away. Drawing congressional maps without census data would give critics even more legal hooks.
There’s also some pressure from the national Democratic Party to delay the primary to avoid legal battles. […]
Waiting for data throws a curve ball in the election process as candidates start gathering petition signatures at the beginning of September.
It’s a dilemma other states have too. Democrats across the country are particularly concerned about their slim 10-seat majority in the U.S. House, knowing that midterm elections usually don’t go well for the president’s political party.
Still, there are some positives in delaying the Illinois primary. Illinois has one of the earliest elections anywhere, so delaying it will make campaigning for the general election less grueling. Even better, candidates will be able to campaign in spring instead of winter — and in-person voting could be in warm(er) weather, too.
The national Democrats don’t want a judge drawing the Illinois congressional maps.
And while moving the primary to June does have its advantages, legislators are in Springfield until the end of May, making it much more difficult to campaign at home. And legislators with primary opponents will have to face voters shortly after making what could be controversial votes.